Basso56

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1094 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian

Located in the Theater District of New York and blocks away from Central Park, Basso56 serves freshly prepared Italian fare with a subtle modern twist. Owner and chef Paolo Marco Catini offers guests artfully plated, seasonal dishes. Homemade papardelle pasta with wild boar sauce, pan-roasted duck breast with dried figs and grilled salmon covered in a roasted pepper puree make for satisfying entrées. Basso56 provides lunch with pre-fixe course options. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are on the menu, as well as scrumptious desserts with wine pairings.



Reservations are for diner's only, as this is a full serving restaurant. Also should your party size change, please notify restaurant as soon as possible.

Basso56 features numerous glowing reviews on websites like Yelp, Foursquare and TripAdvisor. It has an extensive wine list and a contemporary, yet casual setting. This restaurant welcomes reservations and also hosts private events.


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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A refreshingly friendly and unpretentious Italian restaurant, especially in light of its midtown location. The food is consistently delicious and the menu has something for everyone. It’s not a foodie’s paradise but then it’s not aspiring to be. The owner/manager is warm and relaxed. He always remembers regulars. The lunch time prices fix is a terrific deal. Highly recommended.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent one of our favorites! Food is great and always delicious

V
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Very quick also. Would definitely go back again.

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time that we’ve eaten in Basso’s 54 . It is consistent with excellent food and service. We were never hushed and all the staff at Bassos54 is courteous And professional.

G
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience overall, starting with the host, Irina, giving us a wonderful table per my request. The service was fast and super friendly...
The food was superb... we are gong back again...

D
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection, and great portion. Very modestly priced and we absolutely loved our meals. Place is small so a reservation was very helpful

GD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

DM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basso56 is one of our favorite restaurants when visiting New York City. The service is impeccable, the food outstanding. Basso56 never disappoints.

v
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoy Basso56, especially for lunch! Their wine list ist outstanding. They are very attentive to our food allergies.

MT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food. welcomiing "neighborhood" atmosphere. Impeecable service.

r
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always on their game. Most under-rated restaurant in NY

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious. The service was excellent and I felt that the visit was well worth the cost.
The meal was well prepared and presented and the staff was efficient, helpful and friendly. I would definitely dine there again.

S
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic everything.....food, service et al. A great Italian find. Have already made referrals.

M
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the beat place for lunch! Loved the selection and the price fix menu. They need. Better sign outside to locate the place. 👍

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I surprised my wife with an anniversary dinner before a show at Carnegie the other night. Two friends joined us last minute and we had zero issues modifying our reservation.

We were greeted by pleasant staff members who provided us a round of Prosecco for our anniversary. That was very kind!

Appetizers - we ordered the fried calamari and mozzarella/roasted peppers. Both were outstanding!

Dinner my wife had eggplant and I had the striped bass w/ clams. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Our one friend loved his pasta dish whole our other friend felt hers was good but slightly too heavy for her. When we received our check they took her meal off. This was not necessary but appreciated. The price per couple was definitely affordable.

Overall we had an excellent experience here and can not wait to return! I hope this review persuades others to visit this lovely and friendly establishment!

Thank you Basso56 for a great anniversary dinner!

K
Charlotte
46 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been going to Basso almost 20 years and it is still outstanding

KW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modern, clean, relatively quiet, great food, great service. Will definitely return & highly recommend.

FN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service... friendly and professional. Outstanding food and reasonable prices.

l
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Second time there after giving up on another new place in the neighborhood that was chaotic. Basso was pleasant, reasonably quiet, the service top-notch and the food very good. We will be back -- no more neighborhood experimentation.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second dinner in my first NYC Midtown Manhattan visit and it was outstanding in every way. Not only was the food a delight to the tastebuds, service superb, ambiance warm and inviting, but our cocktails a healthy size and perfect mixture. A totally pleasant evening to my brief first NYC experience.

AB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Wonderful ambience. Friendly staff. Had a wonderful meal, homemade ravioli was amazing. The wine was reasonably priced. Made reservation again we enjoyed it so much. The gelato was delicious. Highly recommend

S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had specials of the day, which were delicious. the service was prompt and friendly. A wonderful experience!

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food took absolutely forever to come out

d
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu, great food and top notch service. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend to others!

m
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Iryna was lovely. Food was delicious and it was filled with locals and a few tourists. Good wine choices and friendly atmosphere.

CD
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience with great food and service. Very friendly staff as well as other patrons. We will certainly return on our next visit to the big Apple.

H
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish we order was wonderful. Service, as always is great too.

I
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic little place to grab a GREAT meal before a show. Food is fantastic and the service is on point. Highly recommend!

MW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basso56 never fails! Great food and great staff. Our favorite!

j
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of us greatly enjoyed a meal at Basso56 before seeing a Broadway show. We were a little rushed (our issue, not the restaurant), and the staff members were gracious and accommodating, although I recommend going there when you have time to enjoy, in proper Italian fashion, a delicious multi-course meal and the ambience. Excellent options for vegetarians, too.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Basso56 before a performance at Carnegie Hall. Service was prompt and excellent. While the server was readily available, he was not hanging over you as is the case in some restaurants. Being Of Italian descent, and having eaten in many Italian restaurants including some in Italy, I can truly say the food at Basso56 was excellent and compares most favorably with all of these. I can easily strongly recommend Basso56 to anyone who wants a good Italian meal in comfortable surroundings at a reasonable price.

LD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very nice dinner...wait staff great....location mid own west good...

OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the “Mom and Pop” kind of vibe and the food was homey Italian and just like your Noni might serve....good wine list, mostly Italian wines. This is a typical narrow NY restaurant with a center speedway back to the kitchen. Seating is a little tight but tolerable.

MF
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful service, great wine selection, some fine red Italian wines, seafood dishes for dinner & calamari to start the night off was delightful!

C
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always reminded when I am here about how much a good staff adds to a restaurant. They are always friendly and helpful and the food is excellent. We have been dining there since they open and never a bad experience. They have a fried zucchini appetizer over a salad with cheese, I would recommend.

B
New York Area
827 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

An acceptable choice in the theater district. Generous portions. Too much oil in the pasta dishes.

l
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food at reasonable (for mid-town Manhattan) prices. Neighborhood restaurant feel. Reservations a good idea! Have to commend our server, Irina. She was so pleasant and helpful and 'sparked joy'.

P
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcoming space, lovely varied menu, staff accommodating and friendly.

n
New York Area
152 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely small Italian bistro. Fantastic pre theater lunch prefix. The meal was quite good and plentiful. I would say there were a lot of salads on the menu, perhaps adding and antipasti would vary it considerably.

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food and ambience